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Oil Painter Migliaccio Brings Coastal Exhibit to Georgian Court

Lakewood, N.J., Mar. 1, 2010—Breathe in the fresh air as you wander through plein air oil painter Anthony Migliaccio’s “Coast to Coast” exhibit at the M. Christina Geis Art Gallery at Georgian Court University. The exhibit is currently on display and runs through Friday, March 26.

Plein air painting, or painting done outdoors rather than in a studio, challenges the artist to focus on how changing outdoor light impacts perspective. It was particularly important to the Impressionists, including Cézanne, whom Mr. Migliaccio, a Long Branch, New Jersey, resident, cites as one of his very diverse influences.

“Plein air painting offers wonderful artistic challenges in addition to a peaceful, meditative experience while on location,” says Mr. Migliaccio. “My current work is a result of my life on the Jersey Shore, where atmospheric perspective, color theory, and values comprise the best recipe for successful painting in this genre.”

The exhibit features a variety of colorful landscapes, with a distinct focus on shore and beach scenes.

“Mr. Migliaccio’s paintings are realistically rendered in a very personal manner,” says M. Phyllis Breimayer, RSM, Ph.D., chair of the GCU Department of Art. “His choice of subject matter, with an emphasis on light and color, conveys a visual delight.”

An artist’s reception will be held on Wednesday, March 10, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. The M. Christina Geis Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Arts and Science Center building on the Lakewood campus. and the gallery’s hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call Kathleen Settles at 732.987.2388.

About Anthony Migliaccio
An established painter and printmaker since 1970, New Jersey native Anthony Migliaccio began to draw and paint at an early age having been influenced by his father, who himself considered a career in art. Like most landscape artists, Mr. Migliaccio is fascinated by the outdoors, which helps him maintain the integrity of his work while painting in the studio.

In addition to traveling throughout the United States, his painting excursions have taken him to scenic locations in Canada, Mexico, and Europe. He has exhibited at prestigious venues such as the Salmagundi Club and the National Arts Club in New York City, and at the Monmouth Museum and the Noyes Museum—were he is a Signature Member Artist—in New Jersey.

Mr. Migliaccio is a recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship to paint in Italy and France; a Lifetime Achievement Award in Arts Education by the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey; and the New Jersey Governor’s Award in Arts Education. One of his paintings of Sandy Hook National Park was selected by former Environmental Protection Agency Director Christine Todd Whitman to hang in the offices of the EPA in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Migliaccio is an associate member of the Oil Painters of America and an exhibiting artist member of Audubon Artists Inc. of New York City. Prior to his professional art career, he was an art teacher and arts administrator in New Jersey public schools. He also taught printmaking as an adjunct at Monmouth University. He holds a master's degree in art education from Kean University.

For more information about Mr. Migliaccio, visit his Web site at www.anthonymigliaccio.com.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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